It’s a battle of old versus new when a 1970 Charger R/T takes on the modern 2018 Dodge Demon.
Going into this, we sort of have to assume that the 1970 Charger is a sleeper project of some kind. When it was new, it had a 7.2-L V8 that put down 390 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Those are fine numbers for a ‘70s muscle car and made it a legendary vehicle in its time, but that’s less than half the horsepower than what a Demon can put down on a bad day.
What’s worse, the Charger came with either a 3-speed or a 4-speed manual transmission. That will certainly cut down on time lost due to shifting, but there’s just no way that the Charger can efficiently put power to pavement with so few gears.
However, eagle-eyed race fans will note the telltale Wilwood brake calipers that this Charger wears on the front wheels. This is definitely not a stock 1970 Charger R/T--something was done to this car to make it other than a simple antique drag racer. We just don’t know what.
The Demon, on the other hand, is an entirely known quantity. A 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 provides 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque so long as it’s fed 100 octane fuel. Zero to sixty is measured in the mid-2-second range, with a quarter-mile time usually around 10 seconds (Dodge advertises 9.65 seconds, but we’ve literally never seen it go below 10 seconds before).
The Demon does weigh roughly 600 lbs more than the Charger, but that’s probably not going to make up for the power difference.
Whatever was under that Charger’s hood, it still wasn’t enough to take down the Demon. With a time of 10.02 seconds at 134.73 mph, that’s probably the fastest run from a Demon we’ve ever seen at HotCars. The driver was off the line with barely a tire squeal, just the roar of the engine as the Demon rocketed towards the finish line.
Our humble Charger managed a decent time at 12.82 seconds at 113.99 mph, but it’s not enough to even compare to the Demon. But maybe with that new 1,000 Hellephant crate engine, our 70’s-era Charger will stand a better chance.